Devapriya Roy is the author of three novels , The Vague Woman's Handbook, The Weight Loss Club and Friends from College, and one book of narrative non-fiction, The Heat and Dust Project, co-written with husband Saurav Jha, the story of a mad journey across India on a very very tiny budget. In 2018, she published Indira, a graphic biography of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in collaboration with artist Priya Kuriyan. An alumna of Presidency College, Calcutta, and JNU, New Delhi, she is currently obsessed with translating Tagore's Gora.
Ira Pande and Mrinal Pande in conversation with Devapriya Roy
A vivid and loving homage to a legendary institution. By the late author and Padma Shri awardee, Shivani, Amader Shantiniketan, originally written in Hindi, is a moving tribute to the spirit of Shantiniketan. Translated into English by her daughter Ira Pande, the memoir provides rare insights into the Ashram, its students and the eminent personalities associated with it, including Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray and Pandit Hajari Prasad Dwivedi. Gaura Pant 'Shivani' was among the foremost Hindi writers of her generation. Her literary output spans some 40 works and bears the deep imprint of both Kumaon and Bengal. In a powerful session of nostalgia and remembrance, her daughters Ira and Mrinal Pande speak to author Devapriya Roy about the warmth and deep roots of Shantiniketan and its powerful impact on generations of writers, intellectuals and poets.